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March Upcountry (March Upcountry (Paperback)) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2002
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"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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Granted, the character development does leave something to be desired, especially regarding the "alien" Cord. This sort of story, however, does not really require a lot of personal insight to be successful. Stock characters are sufficient to give an idea of motivation, and the battle scenes are excellent.
In all, this looks like a promising beginning to a series (a trilogy, or so I've heard). Possibly future installments will focus more on the characters and their personalities, but even if they don't this series should be good for a light, fast read. I recommend this book particularly for fans of Tanya Huff's VALOR'S CHOICE as they seem to have a lot in commmon.
Roger is sent packing, over his immature objections, on a state visit to participate in a boring and unpleasant, but politically necessary ceremony on an unpleasant and distant world. Along with him are bundled his immediate staff, and a contingent of his long-suffering and generally contemptuous bodyguard. Along the way, the military transport in which the prince is traveling is sabotaged and critically damaged by a pre-programmed 'zombie' traitor, and the ship is left limping towards the only star system within reach. Things go from bad to worse as they stumble upon a force of hostile warships sneaking about in Imperial territory and clearly up to no good.Read more ›
Alexandra VII, Empress of Man, was determined to keep her youngest son out of direct danger. Therefore, she sent Roger to a remote planet named Leviathan as a show of imperial support. The Bronze Battalion was to transport and guard the prince during it all.
While en route, the military ship was sabotaged and then was under enemy attack. Very few survived and were stranded on the planet Marduk. The Marines would have to trek half way around the globe in hope of commandeering an imperial ship for a return to Earth. However, the natives were NOT friendly! Even the local fauna would try to eat anything that moved! The heat and almost constant rain made things worse. Prince Roger would just have to get over himself and grow up FAST!
***** First off, ignore the awful cover art, I don't believe it is the fault of the authors. No, the female Marine is NOT ballet dancing. No, Prince Roger does NOT look that way. In fact, the prince has very long, blond hair that any woman would envy. One Marine referred to it as "the hair of Lady Godiva."
Other than the cover art, the book is beyond excellent! The story is VERY well written, realistic, has a touch of humor, and the Marines can really kick BUTT! The prince matures steadily and even becomes an asset to the team! He also has the most awesome assassin program in his "toot". All-in-all, this is highly recommended reading! *****
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David Weber is my favorite sci-fi author. I've read the Prince Roger series four or five times.Published 2 days ago by Aimee Robidoux
Very good book good story and build up , my only down side is every book in this sieres I purchased (4) came in hard back and I ordered paper back , how do I fix this in the futurePublished 12 days ago by Michael Hanrahan
One of my all-time favorite books. The entire "Empire of Man" series is awesome.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked this one quite a bit. Mr. Ringo gives a good character development of the bratty princePublished 9 months ago by Gregory L. Hollen
Excellent book in an excellent series. I listened to this audio book but definitely needed a physical copy for my library.Published 14 months ago by Derek Hammons